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Schmooze and Learn Cafe

On the second Sunday each month via Zoom, from 10:30-noon, Rabbi Liz will lead a schmooze for us to chat and catch up for the first 30 minutes, and then an OrH member will offer a presentation on a subject dear to their heart. Zoom links will be posted to just prior to each event.

Our cafe is closed for the summer, we'll see you in the fall!

Recorded Sessions

March 14 - Jennifer Cherniack: Sitcoms and Jewish Identities from the Goldbergs to the Goldbergs

When people think of Jewish sitcoms, they think Seinfeld and Curb your Enthusiasm. But the marriage of Jewish life and sitcoms neither begins nor ends with Jerry and Larry. In fact, without Jews, there would be no sitcoms at all. As the descendant of Yiddish folklore and Borscht Belt-era entertainment, the Jewish roots of the contemporary sitcom run deep. Jewish humour and history provide the foundations for television comedy in ways that are not as obvious as one would think. In this informative and informal presentation, Jennie will trace television’s Jewishness from the first broadcasts to the latest webisodes. Jennifer Cherniack is an artist and arts administrator in Ottawa. She makes art about language- the common, and not so common ways in which we communicate information- with a particular interest in television, the internet, and humour.

Watch a recording of the session here.

April 11 - Jacob Krich: Electrification of Everything

To avert the worst impacts of climate change, the world needs to stop burning fossil fuels to make electricity and then use the resulting clean electricity to heat our homes and move our vehicles. This double transformation -- of the mostly invisible electrical system and of the energy systems we use every day -- has already begun and must move fast. In celebration of Earth Day, Jacob Krich will lead a discussion about renewable energy, its role in Canada, and how well electricity can replace the oil and natural gas we use so much of today. Jacob is a professor in the physics department at uOttawa, where his research focuses on how to more efficiently convert light into electricity. He's interested in all things energy.

Watch a recording of the session here.

Previous Sessions

November 8 - Eliyanah Delicate: Home-learning in a Time of COVID

A forum to discuss tips, tricks, challenges, and successes with learning at home. Eliyanah has an MEd and has worked in education for over 30 years both as a tutor and a Jewish education professional. She has been home-schooling for 14 years.  She’s active in the local Home Schooling Community as well as the international Gifted Home-Schooling Community.  

December 13 - David Brooks: An irreverent perspective on the “invention” of Hanukkah

You will hear about a book that was written Hebrew, published in Greek, canonized for Catholics, rejected by Protestants, and not translated into modern English until 1938, yet contains the only text that tells the story of Chanukah.

January 10  - Inger Weibust: Tales of the unexpected: Your family is not boring

Inger shares amazing stories from her years of explorations in Jewish genealogy. She has been a passionate amateur genealogist for almost 20 years.

February 14 - Tom Grana: So what is Jewish food anyway? 

Jewish food is as diverse as the communities and sects our people has developed into (and out of) around the world. Some similarities exist - every community has their version of bread and an (Erev) Shabbat stew - but outside of that, it's hard to see how American kasha varnishkes and Bukhari osh palov belong in the same category. Or is it? Join Tom Grana, amateur foodie and collector of random knowledge, for a fresh (maybe even subversive!) look at what makes a dish Jewish.

May 9 - Jean Hanson: ...She’asani yisra’el: Conversion to Judaism

In this morning blessing, we give thanks to God for making us of the people Israel. This blessing has special meaning for Jean, because, in her case, God had to work a bit harder! At Shavuot, we read the scroll of Ruth. There are many things to be learned from Ruth, but one of the issues that arises is that of conversion. In this Schmooze’n’Learn, Jean will talk briefly about conversion to Judaism historically, and then tell her own story of conversion.

June 6 - Deborah Margo and Gary Stein: OrH Portraits of a Community Update

OrH members,  Deborah Margo and Gary Stein have been busy creating OrH’s “Portraits of a Community.”  You may ask:  How’s the project going? What’s taking so long? What’s it about anyway? Gary and Deborah will explain and - maybe- reveal some of their work.

Sat, 1 October 2022